January/February Pick 2009

Out Stealing Horses

Image representing cover of Out Stealing Horses Out Stealing Horses

by Per Petterson

Hailed today as an international literary master, Per Petterson worked for years as a librarian and bookseller in his native Norway before starting to write the beautiful, quietly brooding novels that have been embraced by readers around the world. On the heels of the American publication of In The Wake—his haunting semi-biographical novel about the deadly Scandinavian Star Ferry fire— Out Stealing Horses emerged as Petterson’s break out novel, a modern literary classic embraced worldwide.

Panoramic and gripping, Out Stealing Horses tells the story of Trond Sander, a sixty-seven-year-old man who has moved from the city to a remote, riverside cabin, only to have all the turbulence, grief, and overwhelming beauty of his youth come back to him one night while out on a walk. From the moment Trond sees a strange figure coming out of the dark behind his home, the reader is immersed in a decades-deep story of searching and loss, written in precise and irresistible prose.

Out Stealing Horses has won major literary awards and been named in the Best Books of 2007 lists of such diverse publications as Library Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, the Guardian and the New York Times Book Review.

For On the Same Page, the Library has purchased the Picador trade paperback edition. It is also available at the Library in Large Print format and in a Spanish language edition, Salir a robar caballos.

Photo of Per Petterson About the Author

Per Petterson is the author of five novels, including In the Wake and To Siberia. Out Stealing Horses has won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize. A former librarian and bookseller, Petterson lives in Oslo, Norway.

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